Russell Arthur Missin

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Russell Arthur Missin (15 July 1922 – 28 November 2002) was an English cathedral organist, who served in Newcastle Cathedral.[1]


He was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire on 15 July 1922. Russell's parents lived in a small village, Gorefield just outside Wisbech; this is where his ashes are interred. He was awarded his FRCO CHM in 1947 and took a Doctor in Theology (Church Music) degree from Geneva Theological College, America. He also held the A.D.C.M. (Archbishop of Canterbury's Diploma in Church Music)

He was much loved by members of Newcastle Cathedral Choir, who on the final Friday Evening Practice, before his retirement, gave him a standing ovation. "How many Choirmasters could have said that there was a T-shirt made in his name and another for him personally. We were honoured to have him as our Choirmaster, Leader and Friend all rolled into one."

His wife Muriel, sons Nicholas and William along with Russell have their places in the history of Newcastle Cathedral Choir.


Assistant organist at Ely Cathedral 1945 - 1949

Organist of:

Cultural offices
Preceded by
David Lumsden
Organist and Master of the Choristers of St. Mary's Church, Nottingham
Succeeded by
David Sheeran Butterworth
Preceded by
Colin Ross
Organist and Master of the Choristers of Newcastle Cathedral
Succeeded by
Timothy Hone


  2. The Organs and Organists of St. Mary’s Church Nottingham. Abbott and Whittle. Rylands Press. 1993